View Full Version : [ubuntu] use graphics card for various things?

August 20th, 2008, 05:56 AM
OK. so, I've got this OLD pentium 3 (433mhz) box with 300mb something of ram. Pretty much the definition of suck. My dad insists it's a 1.8ghz processor, but it sure doesn't run that fast. Plus, every sysinfo and things of the sort show up as a pentium III Katmai.

That's beside the point. I have an OK graphics card (nvidia GeForce FX 5200). I can run some 3d things fine (like extreme tux racer). Is there a way to have the card render more things, instead of just sitting there looking nice? like, flash files, and various animations. For example, on FFR (flashflashrevolution), it runs at about 20fps, but when you load a song, if it has more than one arrow on the screen at a time, it declines down to about 3 or 4. youtube videos are aaalright, but will run at about 5fps until the page completely loads.

tl;dr: Is there a way to use my graphics card for youtube videos and various flash files?

ALSO: I doubt it matters, but I'm running fluxbox (window manager, like gnome).

thanks, Cold Fusion

August 20th, 2008, 09:35 PM
How much ram do you have in that machine?